Thermascan is a safe and promising tool for assessing breast health and for identifying breast disease that might ultimately lead to breast cancer. Also known as breast thermography, digital infrared imaging, or infrared mammography, this leading-edge technology involves no direct contact, no pain, and no radiation exposure. Breast thermography provides a color-coded "fingerprint" of the breast. If the pattern appears to be normal, then future scans should show the same pattern. Any change in this pattern is a cause for concern and may be followed by specific measures to improve breast health and change conditions that could set the stage for breast cancer.
American Academy of Thermology Announces New Guidelines
In recent years, breast thermography has evolved dramatically in terms of the sophistication of the technology as well as the fact that newly developed guidelines have been approved and are now in use by American Academy of Thermology (AAT) members. This is the premiere organization in North America for the scientific development, health care training and clinical application of medical infrared imaging. The new guidelines represent a consensus opinion among dozens of highly trained physicians who have used breast thermography for decades.
The purpose of the guidelines is to provide international standards for understanding the indications for using thermography, the type of equipment, specifications and criteria for optimal administration, consistency and reliability of results, and the training required for thermologists. The academy also sets standards for the quality of camera resolution. These guidelines confirm that our camera at Carolina Thermascan meets the standard.
Some Facts To Consider About Thermography
- Safe, easy, pain-free and radiation-free
- Provides a color-coded "fingerprint" of the breast
- No contact or compression of breast tissue
- Detects changes in breast tissue from the smallest of tumors
- Identifies inflammatory breast cancer
- Entire breast can be imaged
- Identifies fibrocystic breast disease and tumor inflammation
- Effectively and safely screens breasts with implants
- Useful for evaluating chest wall after breast surgery
- Effective for breasts of all sizes
- Creates opportunities for early intervention
Highly effective in detecting breast abnormalities and helps identify risk factors that may predispose women to breast cancer.
Involves no direct contact, carries no risk or side effects. It is pain-free, non-invasive, with no radiation exposure.
Obtains a fingerprint of breast characteristics that should remain the same in future scans enabling regular monitoring.
In recent years, thermal imaging technology has greatly improved, offering a high-sensitivity tool that can supplement mammography.